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Croquette dispenser. If you use to feed the dog on your return every night, it will not die of hunger! However, being able to have food available even during the day can be a way to calm him. There are croquette dispensers with a platform that the dog can activate anytime he is hungry. This system works only if the dog knows how to control himself, in fact if he is too greedy he will eat everything together risking a stomach ache. In this case you can opt for an electronic and programmable dry food dispenser that delivers food only at a specific time.
Interactive toys with treats. This is also a type of dispenser, but with a different function. These are balls or cubes that open only in a certain way. The aim is to entertain the dog and develop his intelligence. When the toys opens, some treats comes out. It must be a very good prize and different from the usual food, in order to stimulate the dog in the right way. Some come with sounds and colors.
Routes for Agility dog. If you have a nice garden you can arrange some agility dog paths: tunnell, obstacles, platforms and more. It is likely that to play these games you need to train with the dog from the first months.
Rope. Playing tug of war with your dog can be tiring! He pulls from one end and you from the other, in this way the dog simulates the hunting of a prey. This game is very important for stress relief, especially on days when the dog can’t get out. It is essential to teach the dog to play the right way, if the dog is too impetuous or growls stop playing immediately and put the rope back where it cannot be found. Other dogs may get tired of pulling and may point directly at your hands to try and pull the rope out! To avoid this, remember to let the dog win every now and then!
When you have some time, for example when you come back from work or from an absence (even a short one), take the game and invite the dog, try to be funny and unpredictable. Keep playing and keep your four-legged friend’s interest. When the dog still wants to play, remove the game and place it in a protected place until the next session.
Balls, sticks and frisbie. These are toys that some dogs fall in love with. They are retrieval games that develop coordination and collaboration with the owner. They can be done in the garden, in the park and on the beach. Better if the dog is already familiar with this type of game. It is one of the simplest and most immediate things for our four-legged friend.
Toys for dogs can be anything that is not harmful to the dog and cannot be swallowed. It must not therefore be too small, it must also be resistant and be removed if broken. Some toys can be left to the dog when he is alone, such as puppets or dry food dispensers, just to allow him to entertain himself.
The games to play with us instead, should be used only at certain times and then set aside. In this way the dog distinguishes the moment of social play and establishes a relationship with us. So, as soon as we get the game out, it is the signal that we are going to play together and the dog will keep his interest and his concentration alive.